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Launch Freshman Sobral Start Up Winner

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a company in 54 hours? Launch High School freshman, William Sobral, wonders no more thanks to Startup Weekend Colorado Springs. Last weekend Entrepreneurs gathered to work on ideas and, over the course of the weekend, matured those ideas into viable businesses. A variety of business developers, programmers, designers and other enthusiasts formed six teams that worked tirelessly through the weekend to develop business models that they pitched to a panel of judges two days later. Our Launch High School student teamed up with a few Lockheed Martin folks: an engineer, a systems analyst and a commercial real estate developer.  William was, needless to say, the youngest entrepreneur on the team.

The weekend culminated with finalists’ presentations in front of a panel of judges with another opportunity for critical feedback and a selection of the overall best team. Judging criteria were lumped into 3 primary categories: validation, execution and business model design. The teams were given 5 minutes each to deliver their pitch, followed by another 3 minutes of question-and-answer time with the judges. During his team’s presentation and including the judges’ Q&A afterwards, the team deferred to William to answer almost all of the scientific/logistical questions.  He was not just a team member. He was responsible for much of the “how to” behind the team’s pitch.

 

William’s team won FIRST place! At the event finale, Courtenay Sobral, William’s mother was approached by Start Up Weekend coaches, judges and his team leader and told repeatedly William is a “prodigy.” What William learned – and the contacts he made last weekend are much more important than the $1,000 prize package or notoriety received. Sobral’s team also won at the UCCS pitch night and his team is now preparing their team pitch for official entry into the Regional Start Up competition.

In the first two years of Launch’s existence, our students have participated, placed and gone on to Denver’s regional competition. Congratulations, William Sobral, and all of our Launch High School Start Up winners!

Launch at What If Festival

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Because Launch will be at the What If Festival this weekend, our Saturday morning Information Meeting at the school has been canceled. We will be at booth 93 on the North side of the Pioneers Museum having fun with Sales Contests, Splashes of Color, and Synchronous Chess. Come and try your hand at creative selling. Add to a community art creation. Play a chess champ who plays up to TEN opponents at once! Come and spend the day playing, discovering, learning, and connecting to new ideas, people, and experiences!

Launch High School Students Accelerate Through High School Diplomas and College Degrees

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With Launch High School’s Self-Paced Program last year three students finished multiple years worth of classes in one year of school. Through our Concurrent Enrollment Program Launch students simultaneously earn college credits and diploma credits with each course – and Launch pays for tuition and books.

Even younger students take advantage of this program, as two of our 14 year olds are full time students at both Launch High School and Pikes Peak Community College. In fact seven Launch students are due to simultaneously graduate with a High School Diploma from Launch and an Associate Degree from Pikes Peak Community College.

FREE college degree AND a Launch diploma at the same time?

Check out Launch High School.

Information Meeting Tonight: August 1

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Reminder: TONIGHT is our weekly Student & Parent INFO MEETING at Launch. Come learn more about our unique TUITION-FREE charter high school for young entrepreneurs. Bring the family and enjoy some healthy snacks (and maybe some pizza).

TONIGHT: Tuesday, August 1st (What? Does this mean SUMMER is almost OVER?) at 5:30 pm at Launch High School located at 3115 Larkspur Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Feel free to call us with any questions before the meeting at: (719) 203-6128.

Launch High School, Colorado Springs, Future Leaders

Now Accepting Applications

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Are you interested in attending Launch High School or know someone who might be??

Launch High School is now accepting applications for enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure your son or daughter have the opportunity to choose the most innovate education program in the area. To reserve your place at Launch complete a short Letter of Intent to Enroll . We will contact you shortly thereafter about next steps.

Loyal Coffee, Tyler Hill, Launch High School

Loyal Coffee + Virtual Mentor

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Virtual Mentor is a digital platform for teaching and promoting discussion on youth and local entrepreneurship built and maintained by Launch students. Check out Isaac Wright’s recent interview with Colorado Springs entrepreneur Tyler Hill, one of the founders or Loyal Coffee. They discuss the spirit of entrepreneurship, building a business, serving others, and designing a delightful experience for customers.

Loyal Coffee is a unique barista-owned coffee shop located in downtown Colorado Springs. The specialty coffee shop is dedicated to creating a full five senses experience for guests through a beautiful space to work, relax, and connect with others.

Launch High School Free Non Profit School Colorado Springs

Why Teach Kids Chess?

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Launch High School THANKS our awesome Chess Coach, George Krasnopoloskiy! Coach George enjoys working with the bright and talented students at Launch. He says when chess players are able to blur the game’s boundaries between social activity, competitive sport and educational lesson the real fun begins. He believes Launch students pose a huge challenge for other local high school chess teams because Launchers are training to become Colorado State Chess Champs.

Check out the Pro USA chess league match. It begins today!

CLICK HERE

Interested in learning how to play chess? “Check” out checkmates:

CLICK HERE
Launch High School, Students Working Together

January is Open Enrollment Month

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This month is your best chance to ensure enrollment at Launch High School! The Open Enrollment period is during the month of January and represents a guaranteed spot in our enrollment lottery should there be a need for one. Complete and submit the form at http://launchhigh.org/parent-contact/ to hold your place at Launch.

Information meetings are being held at the school (3115 Larkspur Drive 80907) at 5:30 pm on the following dates:

Thursday, January 12th

Wednesday, January 18th

Tuesday January 24th and 

Tuesday January 31st

 

This is your chance to see the school and learn more about the truly innovative learning programs at Launch High School. We hope to see you there!